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Dive Into Great Designs with Green Infrastructure

Dive into great designs with green infrastructure at the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! exhibition. Now on display at the Center for Architecture, 1216 Arch Street, the exhibition features 40 projects from Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Detroit, and more that show how we can soak up stormwater and create vital, engaging, and beautiful places to live and work in the city.

The exhibition is part of Infill Philadelphia; Soak It Up!, a design initiative developed by the Philadelphia Water Department, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Community Design Collaborative to explore how green stormwater infrastructure—rain gardens, green roofs, and more—can play an important role in revitalizing urban neighborhoods, especially in older American cities.

The projects will be on display at the Center for Architecture, 1216 Arch Street through October 19, 2012,  Monday through Saturday from 10 AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday from noon – 5:00 PM.

Join us on Thursday, October 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM to meet the exhibitors and launch Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up! RSVP.

Here's a small taste of the exhibition, followed by a complete listing of the projects on display:

  • A forgotten piece of campus lawn reanimated through rainwater collection.

Stacy Levy Chestnut Hill Springside School Philadelphia, PA

This rain wall and garden handles runoff from the wing of an academic building where sicence and art instruction takes place. Once an ignored pocket of lawn, the space is now a beautiful and educational ecosystem of a native wet meadow. This project visibly celebrates the connection of rainwater and watersheds and makes a rain an event something to look forward to!


  • A natural synergy between new housing and innovation in stormwater management.

SMP Architects North Third Street Housing and Stormwater Study Philadelphia, PA

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and SMP Architects worked together to create a model for housing and open space development in an urban environment, focusing on an parcel on North Third Street between Berks and Norris Streets in North Philadelphia.  A natural synergy exists between new housing construction and Philadelphia Water Department‘s desire for innovative neighborhood development models that meet the city‘s new stormwater regulations.


  • Analyzing urban soils: tools of the trade.

CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, LLC ReDiscovering Your Communities: Urban Soils Green Demolition Specifications Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Omaha, NE

Can vacant lots be re-deployed to manage urban stormwater? CEDARVILLE Engineering Group worked with the U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development National Risk Management Research Laboratory and the Cuyahoga County Land Re-utilization Corporation to develop urban soil assessment protocols to identify vacant land suitable for reuse as green infrastructure and green demolition techniques to prepare vacant properties for a second life as green infrastructure.


Watch for more posts about projects featured in the exhibition and RSVP for the launch party on October 4!

Andropogon Associates, Ltd. Shoemaker Green Philadelphia, PA

BAU Architecture Eco Amphitheater and Stormwater Management Study Roslyn, PA

Biohabitats, Inc. Project Done for Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association at Wissahickon Creek Park Philadelphia, PA

Birdsall Services Group Septiva Street Concrete Infiltration Unit Philadelphia, PA

CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, LLC Green Demolition Specifications Cleveland, OH

CEDARVILLE Engineering Group, LLC ReDiscovering Your Communities: Urban Soils Cleveland, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Omaha, NE

Charles Loomis Chariss McAfee Architects MOVING PARK © Philadelphia, PA

Detroit Collaborative Design Center Bloody Run Creek Greenway Redevelopment Project Detroit, MI

Erdy McHenry Architecture, LLC/ Roofmeadow The Radian Philadelphia, PA

Gilmore & Associates Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School Philadelphia, PA

JASTECH Development Services, Inc. Overbrook Environmental Education Center Philadelphia, PA

JFS Engineering, PC Raised Bed Rain Garden Metuchen, New Jersey

Johnston Stromberg Architecture Carpenter Square Philadelphia, PA

KSK Architects Planners Historians, Inc. Ingersoll Commons Philadelphia, PA

LIMN Architects Cafe Olam Philadelphia, PA

LRSLA Studio Hawthorne Park Philadelphia, PA

Meliora Environmental Design LLC ACME Market: Heat Island and Stormwater Management Improvements Wilmington, DE

Meliora Environmental Design LLC Panther Hollow Watershed Restoration, Schenley Park Pittsburgh, PA

Meliora Environmental Design LLC Saddler's Woods, Van Sciver Elementary School Rain Garden Haddonfield, NJ

Michael Baker Corporation Gustine Lake Interchange Project Philadelphia, PA

New Kensington CDC Big Green Block Philadelphia, PA

OLIN Patch/Work Street Philadelphia, PA

ParadoXcity Jones Falls Baltimore: Whose right of way? Baltimore, MD

Pennoni Associates, Inc. Navy Yard Corporate Center Infrastructure Project Philadelphia, PA

Lauren Printz Eco-Clean Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Under the Gathering Leaves, Independence Charter School Philadelphia, PA

Roofmeadow SHARE Rooftop Farm Philadelphia, PA

SALT Design Studio Linwood Park Ardmore, PA

SALT Design Studio Streetscape Treatment for 63rd Street Philadelphia, PA

Shepherd Studio Reveille United Methodist Church Richmond, VA

SMP Architects North Third Street Housing and Stormwater Study Philadelphia, PA

SMP Architects Germantown Friends School, Sustainable Urban Science Center Philadelphia, PA

Stacy Levy Springside Rain Wall and Garden Philadelphia, PA

Studio Bryan Hanes Penn Treaty Park Master Plan Philadelphia, PA

ThinkGreen LLC Briar Bush Nature Center Entry Renovation Abington, PA

UJMN Architects + Designers Friends Center Renovation Philadelphia, PA

Urban Engineers, Inc. Stenton Station Roundabout Philadelphia, PA

URS Corporation Kansas City's Middle Blue River Green Solutions Pilot Project Kansas City, MO

Viridian Landscape Studio Greening of Greenfield Philadelphia PA

Viridian Landscape Studio East Liberty Cathedral of Hope Pittsburgh, PA

Viridian Landscape Studio Allegheny Riverfront Vision Plan Pittsburgh, PA



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